Islamic Finance and Investments: Principles and Practices

Foiz Ahmed
Last Update March 29, 2024
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About This Course

Islamic finance has emerged as a dynamic and rapidly growing industry, offering unique investment opportunities and financial solutions that adhere to Shariah principles. This comprehensive course is designed to provide participants with a deep understanding of Islamic finance concepts, principles, and investment strategies. Whether you’re a finance professional, investor, or entrepreneur, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the world of Islamic finance and make informed investment decisions in accordance with Shariah guidelines.

Throughout this course, participants will explore the foundational principles of Islamic finance, including the prohibition of interest (riba), uncertainty (gharar), and gambling (maysir), as well as the emphasis on ethical and socially responsible investing. They will learn about key Islamic financial instruments and structures, such as mudarabah, murabaha, ijara, and Sukuk (Islamic bonds), and how these instruments are used to facilitate Shariah-compliant financing and investment activities.

Topics Covered:

  1. Introduction to Islamic Finance: Understanding the principles, objectives, and key features of Islamic finance in comparison to conventional finance.
  2. Shariah Principles and Guidelines: Exploring the ethical and legal framework of Islamic finance, including principles related to prohibition of interest and adherence to ethical standards.
  3. Islamic Financial Instruments: Understanding the structure and mechanics of key Islamic financial instruments, including mudarabah, murabaha, ijara, musharakah, and Sukuk.
  4. Islamic Investment Funds: Exploring different types of Islamic investment funds, including equity funds, real estate funds, and commodity funds, and their role in Islamic investment portfolios.
  5. Shariah-Compliant Equity Investments: Analyzing principles and guidelines for investing in Shariah-compliant equities and shares of companies listed on Islamic stock indices.
  6. Real Estate Investments: Understanding Shariah-compliant real estate investment opportunities, including property acquisition, development, leasing, and financing.
  7. Islamic Mutual Funds and ETFs: Examining the structure, operation, and investment strategies of Islamic mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to achieve diversification and risk management.
  8. Sukuk Investments: Understanding the structure, types, and investment characteristics of Sukuk (Islamic bonds) and their role in infrastructure financing and capital markets.
  9. Ethical Investing and Socially Responsible Investing (SRI): Exploring the principles and practices of ethical investing and socially responsible investing in accordance with Shariah guidelines.
  10. Risk Management and Compliance: Understanding risk management principles and compliance requirements in Islamic finance, including Shariah governance, audit, and regulatory oversight.

Teaching Methodology: This course adopts a blended learning approach, combining lectures, case studies, group discussions, and practical exercises to engage participants and facilitate learning. Real-world examples and case studies will be used to illustrate concepts and demonstrate their application in Islamic finance and investment practices. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage with industry experts and practitioners through guest lectures and panel discussions.

Learning Objectives

Gain a comprehensive understanding of Islamic finance principles, concepts, and instruments.
Learn how to evaluate and analyze Shariah-compliant investment opportunities across different asset classes.
Develop skills in structuring and managing Shariah-compliant investment portfolios to achieve financial objectives while adhering to ethical standards.
Understand the role of ethical investing and socially responsible investing in Islamic finance and its alignment with Shariah principles.
Acquire knowledge of risk management principles and compliance requirements specific to Islamic finance and investment activities.
Be equipped to make informed investment decisions and participate effectively in the growing field of Islamic finance and investments.


  • There are no specific prerequisites for this course. However, participants with a basic understanding of finance and investment concepts may benefit from the material covered.

Target Audience

  • This course is suitable for finance professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Islamic finance principles and practices. No prior knowledge of Islamic finance is required.


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